Pull over, Sarah Palin: President Obama's bus is about to run yours off the road.
The $1.1 million (yep, you read that right) Obamamobile is, according to the Associated Press, "an impenetrable-looking conveyance the size of a cross-country Greyhound, painted all in black, with dark tinted windows and flashing red and blue lights." The rubber is hitting the road for the president's current trip to Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Two of these superbuses were commissioned by the Secret Service to chauffeur the commander-in-chief around the country -- along with the eventual Republican presidential candidate and visiting dignitaries. While these babies don't come cheap, the protection service decided the buses, normally leased and retrofitted to provide presidential protection, would pay for themselves over their projected 10-year lifespan.
The Secret Service won't reveal specifics on the high-tech monster buses but said that they have similar features to "the Beast," a tricked-out limo and the president's regular ride. That official Cadillac comes with thick, reinforced doors and reportedly is equipped with bulletproof glass that can withstand a rocket-propelled grenade or a chemical attack.
The cruiser has definitely caught notice on the Web. Yahoo! lookups have revved up for "obama bus tour," "obama bus tour schedule," and the "obama bus" in the last day.
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin has been tooling around Iowa in her own sweet ride as part two of her "One Nation" bus tour. The ex-Alaska governor's bus is a flashier model, at least on the outside, covered with red, white, and blue images of the Liberty Bell, the Constitution, the American flag, and Sarah Palin's signature. Maybe the two can drag race.
I don't care if it says that these damn buses will pay for themselves in 10 years
The country is in dire straights and he is still spending money hand over fist.
If Obama wanted theses buses so bad he should have taken money from his
special interest groups or from his own pocket.
Whatever happened to the people deciding how the government spent their money!?
This definitely rates about a 9.0 on my weird-sh*t-o-meter.
He might consider staying home and saving a few bucks, we have no idea what these political junkets really cost us. All we know for certain is that 41 cents on the dollar is borrowed or printed.
Maybe we should think about that the next time we herald a war, or bail out rich self serving corporations or pay out farm subs? Personally, I think the bus is over the top and Obama has not a chance in hell of winning a second time around. But then Sara who spent what was that.... $100,000 on a wardrobe, is not likely to be a runner either.